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Events, attractions & activities added (or details altered) in the week beginning 1st February 2021:

Come From Away

The Tony and Olivier Award winning musical Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of thousands of stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland, Canada that welcomed them all. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Our rating - 4½ Hats

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Music Matinee: Free Scots' Church Lunchtime Concerts

Hands holding violins

Music Matinee present lunchtime concerts on selected Tuesdays through 2021. Concert are live & free although there is the opportunity to donate.

The purpolse of Music Matinee Inc. is to bring live and free inspirational music into the City of Melbourne and provide performance opportunities for talented musicians.

  • 2nd March Josh Hooke Piano
  • 6th April Kelsey Robinson Flute Jenny Lu piano accompaniment
  • 4th May Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School various items
  • 1st June Timothy Chiang Piano
  • 6th July Ken Murray Guitar
  • 20th July Australian National Academy of Music various items
  • 3rd August Berta Brozgul Piano
  • 17th August Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School various items
  • 7th September (timing to be confirmed) Karlsruher Konzert Duo Piano & Cello
  • 21 September (timing to be confirmed) Jenny Lu Piano
  • 5th October Partridge Group Quartet
  • 19th October Jonathan Xian Piano
  • 9th November Australian National Academy of Music various items
  • 16th November Douglas Lawrence Organ
  • 7th December Tony Gould Piano with others
  • 14th December T.B.A.

Entry from 12.20 pm, with the concert commencing at 1pm for an hour. No booking nor reserved seating all welcome. Covid protocol will be followed.

Full information on Scots’ Church concert website



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Sidney Myer Free Concerts at The Bowl - Mambo! Dancing across the centuries

Opera in The Bowl

Melbourne Youth Orchestra curtain-raiser, 6-6.30pm

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Benjamin Bayl (conductor) and David Jones (drumkit) perform:

The Sidney Myer free concerts have become one of Melbourne’s highlight each year, and with current health circumstances putting additional emphasis on outdoor performances, they have become even more valuable. Thanks Sid.

Our rating - 5 Hats

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Australian Chamber Orchestra - Tabula Rasa

Cellists and violinist from ACO

After a season disupted by the virus in 2020, the Australian Chamber Orchestra has crafted a program to open their 2021  season that encourages both reflection on the past and looking to the future with joy and creativity

“This tiny coronvirus has showed us in a painful way that humanity is a single organism…No-one knows how we will come out of this but we all know that nothing will remain the same.” - Arvo Pärt

Estonian Arvo Pärt is one of the most performed and influential living composers. Written while Estonia was under Soviet-control, his Tabula Rasa - Latin for a clean slate - seeks spirituality and independence.

As with Tabula Rasa, Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa, written during Poland’s long confinement behind the Iron Curtain, expresses the beauty of freedom and the natural world, while Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony in C minor is a lament for victims of fascism and war, but also an act of self-reflection. Moving through elegy and brutal force into acceptance and farewell, it reminds us once more that creativity, art and music do prevail.

  • Kilar Orawa
  • Arvo Pärt Tabula Rasa
  • Prokofiev - Sonata for Solo Violin in D major, Op.115
  • Thomas Adés Shanty (World Premiere)
  • Shostakovich (arr.Barshai) - Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op.110a

Australian Chamber Orchestra with Richard Tognetti AO (Director & violin) and Satu Vänskä (Principal Violin).

Sydney - City Recital Hall; 7pm 10th, 1.30pm 12th, 7pm 13th, 2pm 14th, 8pm 9th February 2021
Wollongong - Wollongong Town Hall; 7.30pm 8th February 2021



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Sidney Myer Free Concerts at The Bowl - Spanish Harlem

Opera in The Bowl

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Benjamin Northey (conductor), Timothy Young (piano),
 and Vanessa Perica (band leader) perform

  • Ellington Harlem
  • Ravel Piano Concerto in G major
  • Vanessa Perica Love is a Temporary Madness, The Symphonic Suite (World Premiere)

The Sidney Myer free concerts have become one of Melbourne’s highlight each year, and with current health circumstances putting additional emphasis on outdoor performances, they have become even more valuable. Thanks Sid.

Our rating - 5 Hats

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Illuminate - Bruch, Britten & Tchaikovsky

Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra with Rachael Beesley (director) and Jacqueline Porter (soprano) performing a program including Britten's remarkable song cycle Les Illuminations, with text by French poet Arthur Rimbaud.

Tuesday 16 February | The Hills Grammar School, Sydney
Thursday 18 February | Newcastle City Hall
Friday 19 February | City Recital Hall, Sydney
Monday 22 February | Melbourne Recital Centre



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Musica Viva - Diana Doherty and the Streeton Trio

Opera in The Bowl

Musica Viva presents Diana Doherty (oboe) with the Streeton Trio (Emma Jardine - violin, Umberto Clerici - cello and Benjamin Kopp - piano) performing:

Program 1

  • Martinů Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano, H. 315 (1947)
  • Smetana Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15 (1855)
  • Skipworth Oboe Quartet (2020)

Brisbane: 7pm, 4th March 2021, Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, 140 Grey Street , Southbank
Melbourne: 7pm, 13th March 2021, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
Newcastle: 7.30pm, 1st March 2021, Newcastle City Hall
Perth: 7.30pm, 10th March 2021, Perth Concert Hall
Sydney: 2pm, 6th March 2021, City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney

Program 2

  • Martinů Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Cello and Piano, H. 315 (1947)
  • Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 (1839)
  • Skipworth Oboe Quartet (2020)

Adelaide: 11am, 3rd March 2021, Adelaide Town Hall
Canberra: 7pm, 13th March 2021, Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Canberra
Melbourne: 7pm, 9th March 2021, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
Sydney: 7pm, 8th March 2021, City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney



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VIDA - Melbourne Latin Summer Festival

Melbourne Latin Summer Festival is a multicultural festival, free event in the heart of Melbourne that focus purely on varying aspects and different contributions of Latin Culture within Melbourne and Victoria. The event has been created to include all categories and genres of entertainment from Latin America including but not limited to;

  • Cuisine, Art
  • Kids Area
  • Night Life {Bar/Fonda Atmosphere(s)}
  • Family Entertainment/Activities

as well as differing hand crafts, jewellery, educational and other stalls will be exhibited at the festival.



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Frozen The Musical

Frozen The Musical

Adapted from the Oscar winning film, Frozen is an inspiring tale of sisterhood and true love that comes to life with gorgeous sets and costumes as well as sensational special effects.



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Moulin Rouge! The Musical

L'Amour sign on steps of Regent Theatre

Baz Luhrmann’s film comes to life on stage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. A theatrical celebration of truth, beauty, freedom and - above all - love.



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